Dartmouth Swimmer Drowns In Sarasota YMCA Pool

21-year-old Dartmouth swimmer Tate Ramsden passed away over the weekend in a drowning incident at the YMCA pool in Sarasota, Florida.

Ramsden was on vacation with his family in Sarasota and was training in the outdoor pool at the Selby Aquatic Center on Saturday when he “suddenly started to struggle and drowned,” according to the local Fox affiliate.

Ramsden was a junior at Dartmouth, and originally hailed from Tennessee, where he was a captain of the Montgomery Bell High School swim team. Ramsden was part of the 4×100 free relay at Montgomery Bell that won four consecutive Tennessee state titles.

He also competed for the Nashville Aquatic Club.

Fox13 reports that Ramsden was about 4000 yards into his workout when the incident occurred. Investigators said Ramsden started working on an underwater set and may have been attempting 100 yards entirely underwater when he drowned.

His sister noticed that Ramsden wasn’t moving and alerted the pool’s lifeguards.

Fox13 still reports that the cause of the drowning is officially unexplained. An autopsy should shed more light on what went wrong to cause the 21-year-old’s death.

You can read more about the incident here, on the site of the local CBS station. Ramsden’s family will be holding a memorial service next weekend in Nashville.

Update: The Sarasota YMCA has released a statement on the incident. That statement is below:

Every year for the last seventy years, thousands have arrived at our YMCA and our expectations were that they would have a wonderful experience during their stay.

Unfortunately, there was an aquatic emergency Saturday at the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA Branch Pool and a 21-year-old guest passed away after being extracted from the pool by our lifeguards.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family at this time. This event is nearly impossible to comprehend, and he and his family are in our hearts.

It is important for all to know that, as is our custom, we are immediately launching an investigation into the incident and are cooperating with all local authorities in their investigations.

Out of respect for the family, we ask that you honor their privacy at this difficult time. Again, I’m sure you join us in offering your prayers to this man and his family.

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This sounds like a sad, unnecessary case of Shallow Water Blackout. Prayers to the family and friends of this fine young man.


Undoubtedly. That was my guess before I even read the article. It is so dangerous to do sets like that.


That’s awful. Makes me wonder why none of the guards noticed until the incident was pointed out to them. My best wishes to the friends, family, and team.


That’s a tough, tough situation. Obviously the lifeguards should have been more on top of it but it’s relatively easy to miss someone who’s already swimming underwater. Plus, with SWB you have a head start on catastrophe since by the time the swimmer passes out, he or she is already into oxygen deprivation. What this young man did was completely irresponsible but a lot of us have taken similar risks. SWB gets very little press and most people, even experienced swimmers and athletes, don’t have it high on the radar. This is a terrible tragedy and hopefully a wake-up call to a lot of people.

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