Swimmer Tate Bacon Verbally Commits to Notre Dame

Junior began the 2020 swim season Nov. 23 with the first meet scheduled for Dec. 17


Tate Bacon (Left) and Leah Given (Right) were named most outstanding athletes at the 2019-20 winter sports banquet, Tate for swimming and Leah for indoor track

Kaylyn Brittain and Lizzie Kallal

Throughout his freshman and sophomore year, junior Tate Bacon excelled in swimming—so much so that he has been offered a spot in Notre Dame’s class of 2026.

Bacon’s search for the right college was extensive. He wanted to find what he was looking for while also loving the campus.

Throughout my college search, I had the opportunity to get to know over 20 schools across the country and make three visits before I made my decision,” Bacon said. “I felt Notre Dame had the strongest balance between athletic and academic programs and an outstanding staff, culture and campus.”

Due to the global pandemic, Bacon’s commitment process was a little different than normal. He did not get to experience the normal meeting process, so he visited the campus, coaches and the area on his own time. 

“The only obstacles I dealt with were mainly not being able to meet with coaches in person, and I missed out on official visits to schools, which are when you stay at the school for a few days and experience practice and the overall lifestyle,” Bacon said.

Bacon’s piled up several achievements during his sophomore season. He was a member of two conference champion relay teams, was an individual conference champion in the 50m free and 100m free events.

He went on to become the regional champion in the 100 free and went to states as an individual and relay team qualifier, where he too 2nd place in the 100 free.  

The success Bacon has achieved couldn’t have been done without support from others. 

“I thank my parents most of all for my success in swimming because there is no way I could’ve done it without them,” Bacon said. “I also thank my teammates, friends and coaches for supporting me and helping me become who I am today.”

Wake Forest is fortunate to have seen Bacon’s swim career blossom. As of right now, he is verbally committed to Notre Dame. He will make his official commitment to the school on the National Signing Day his senior year.