Friends mourn the loss of Nashville swimmer Tate Ramsden

(Courtesy of Dartmouth College)

NASHVILLE,Tenn. (WKRN) – Funeral arrangements for a Nashville man who died in a Florida swimming accident have been set.

Visitation for Tate Ramsden will be held Saturday, January 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Ramsden, 21, died in a swimming accident on December 26 in Sarasota, Florida.

The Montgomery Bell Academy graduate was a junior at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He was a member of the men’s swimming team at the Ivy League school.

“He’ll definitely be missed,” said Adam Cornett, one of Ramsden’s best friends. “He was such a good person: so smart, intelligent, athletic, determined, a very strong individual.”

Cornett met Ramsden more than a decade ago at the Nashville Aquatic Club. They became friends and attended high school together.

He was stunned to hear the news over the weekend.

“It was definitely devastating and very sudden,” Cornett said. “But I can only look back on Tate’s life and be so thankful he was my friend.”

Another of his friends, Nathan Stinson, said Ramsden was a loyal friend.

“I think that was one of the special things about Tate,” Stinson said. “He was just so loyal and such a good friend.”

Like many childhood friends, college separated this group. But they always stayed close, despite the distance.

“He had so much promise and it’s really sad to see him go,” said Cornett.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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