The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team will be hosting the 3rd edition of
the Snowman Invitational on Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
The meet includes YMCA teams from throughout the Greater Puget
Sound Area, ages 5-18, at the Glenn Jarstad Aquatic Center. The
Bremerton team hosts about 6-8 meets a year, but this meet has been
the most popular and typically draws about 400-500 people, said
Greg Mackem, assistant aquatics director for the Bremerton Family
“The Snowman Invitational has been especially popular because it
fields good competition, maintains meet records and often draws
many former alumni of the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team.
Sad news for everyone in the swimming community … This story
from the Associated Press’s Jennifer Kay adds more to the story of
a Dartmouth College swimmer who died while trying to complete four
MIAMI (AP) — A Dartmouth College swimmer who died at a
YMCA pool had been trying to complete four laps underwater without
surfacing to breathe when he went into distress, according to a
sheriff’s office report released Monday.
Tate Ramsden, 21, of Nashville, Tennessee, was pronounced dead
at the Sarasota pool after lifeguards and emergency medical
personnel could not revive him, according to the Sarasota County
Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Ramsden was at the pool Saturday with his sister, uncle and a
“Tate had been swimming laps in the pool for some time and I was
told he had swam approximately 4,000 yards before practicing his
underwater swimming techniques,” Officer Douglas Stidham wrote in
the report. “It is believed he was likely attempting to complete a
‘100’ which is four laps across the pool without surfacing for
At some point, Ramsden’s sister and cousin noticed that he was
not moving underwater, and they alerted lifeguards who removed him
from the pool, Stidham wrote.
Water and blood came from Ramsden’s nose and mouth throughout
the attempts to revive him, according to the report.
An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
Ramsden swam for Dartmouth as a freshman and sophomore. He
was scheduled to graduate from the school in Hanover, New
Hampshire, in 2017.
In an email Sunday evening to students and
faculty, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon wrote
that Ramsden’s family has planned a memorial service next weekend
“We have been in touch with Tate’s family to share our deepest
sympathies with them at this time of heartbreaking loss,” Hanlon
A message left for Ramsden’s sister was not immediately
returned, and a person who answered the phone number listed for
Ramsden’s mother hung up on an Associated Press reporter.
“He was a great kid. He truly was a pleasure to have around all
the time,” said John Morse, the head coach at the Nashville Aquatic
Club, where Ramsden swam for many years. “He was witty with a dry
sense of humor, had a great intellect — an accomplished swimmer and
a wonderful teammate.”
Associated Press writer Travis Loller in Nashville, Tennessee,
contributed to this report.
The TV rebroadcast of the Duel in the Pool will be aired
Saturday on NBC at 4 p.m.
This isn’t a spoiler for anyone who is a swimming fan since I
wrote about it extensively late last week. Nathan Adrian won both
the 50 and 100 freestyle races as Team USA beat the European
But, in case you weren’t able to watch the lifestream, you can
watch the tape delayed version this Saturday.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian helped Team USA keep its unbeaten
record intact as it won its
seventh Duel in the Pool on Saturday at Indianapolis, Indiana,
155 to 107.
“But really, it was an incredible job done by pretty much
everyone around,” Adrian said of the U.S. effort. “We won a lot of
close races and if those wouldn’t have gone our way, this meet
would be completely different and it could be the other way
“Hats off to the people that got their hand on the wall (first)
and the score shows it.”
Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle in the short-course meter
event that billed some of the top American swimmers versus some of
the best swimmers from Europe. Adrian touched the wall in the 50 in
20.95 seconds. His win gave the U.S. a 139-91 lead and clinched the
“I certainly knew that I didn’t want to be part of the first
team that ever lost this so, you know, glad to not do that,” Adrian
Adrian then teamed with Matt Grevers, Josh Schneider, Michael
Chadwick, to win the 4×100 freestyle relay in 3:05.42.
On Friday, Adrian won the 100 free in 46.57 seconds. Adrian
jumped out to a quick lead and was under world-record pace at the
50 split in 21.68. Josh Schneider finished second in 46.66 and
Vladimir Morozov of Russia was third in 46.68. Adrian also anchored
the men’s 4×100 medley relay team, which included Matt Grevers,
Kevin Cordes and Tom Shields, to an American record in 3:20.91.
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his sixth 50-meter freestyle
national title on Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center in
On the first night of the U.S. Winter Nationals, Adrian was just
one of several Olympic champions who competed. Michael Phelps,
Allison Schmitt, Conor Dwyer and Maya DiRado all pocketed gold
You can check out what Phelps had to say about his race
from the press conference here. He and coach Bob Bowman ate every
lunch and dinner at Mitzel’s Restaurant in Kent when they were here
15 years ago.
“Bob and I pretty much had the same meal everyday,” he said. “It
was meatloaf, green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy and a
bowl of clam chowder. Had the same thing yesterday (Wednesday).
It’s still just the same, it’s just as good.
“I was talking to some of the waitresses there and they were
saying that it’s the last one. They expanded and came down to their
last one and they went back to their roots of real, genuine
home-cooking. That’s what I remembered most from going there and it
was literally exactly the same meal that I had 15 years ago. It was
very, very good. And then desserts are amazing.”
The pool holds a special place in Phelps’ heart as this is where
his life changed when he broke 2 minutes in the 200 fly and his
legacy as the greatest swimmer of all time was sealed. Six months
after that, he made his first Olympic team.
“Bob and I relived some memories by going to Mitzel’s,” he said.
“It was kind of here where it started. That’s when everything kind
of took off … I’ve enjoyed this pool.”
USA Swimming and AT&T are sponsoring a swim clinic on
Saturday at KCAC. The clinic is designed to educate parents,
children and communities about the importance of learning to swim
and being safe around the water. USA Swimming said in a news
release that they will provide bathing suits, kickboards, goggles
and towels for the swimmers.
The release also said about 10 people drown every day in the
U.S. while more than one in five drowning victims are children
younger than 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control. USA
Swimming also stated that 75 percent African-American and 60
percent of Hispanic/Latino children cannot swim. That’s according
to a national research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the
University of Memphis.
Olympian Maritza Correia McClendon will lead an out-of-water
safety talk for a group of 50 children. McClendon is the first
African-American woman to make the U.S. National team and win an
Olympic medal, earning silver in the women’s 4×100-meter relay in
2004. Olympian Anthony Ervin will be leading the in-water
activities. Also, local instructors will participate in in-water
After waiting around for the other events in the first morning
session of the U.S. Winter Nationals, Nathan Adrian won his heat of
the 50-meter freestyle rather convincingly Thursday at the King
County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Adrian touched the wall in 22.29 seconds, second overall and
tied with Brad Tandy. The finals will include Josh Schneider,
Anthony Ervin, Paul Powers, Geoff Cheah, Matt Grevers, Cullen
Jones and Santo Condorelli.