Tate Ramsden, a 21-year-old Dartmouth College swimmer who drowned Saturday, December 26th, 2015, was believed to have been attempting to swim four laps underwater without surfacing for air. According to a sheriff's report of the incident, Ramsden went into distress while trying to complete a "100" in the Sarasota YMCA pool after he had reportedly swam more than 4,000 yards earlier that day. Ramsden's sister and cousin, who were present at the time of the incident, noticed he was not moving underwater and alerted lifeguards. Attempts to resuscitate Ramsden were futile.
Tate was slated to graduate from Dartmouth in 2017 and had swum for the school for two years. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Ramsden was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won four consecutive first-place titles and earned four different all-state honors during his swimming career. A school representative notified students and faculty of his passing, expressing their deepest sympathies. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.
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