Baylor School Mourns Death of Swimmer Sumner Smith

Sumner Smith
Photo Courtesy: Baylor Swimming

The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., is in shock today, one day after 16-year-old Sumner Smith died during a swim practice Monday afternoon. The swim team member had a cardiac event, according to a report on television station WRCB.

Smith was taken to Erlanger Medical Center by ambulance when paramedics responded to a call of a near drowning. Details of what led to Smith’s cardiac event have not been released. The school informed the student body of Smith’s death Monday and have provided counselors for those in need of support.

Smith, who was a junior at Baylor, was a unique athlete. He was a swimmer and diver for Baylor, doing both disciplines at last February’s Tennessee high school state meet. Smith nearly cracked the top 10 in 1-meter diving at the meet, placing 11th.

In the hours after Smith’s death, the hashtag #SumnerStrong has trended on Twitter.


  1. Dianne Lee

    How very sad, thoughts with his family.

  2. Wendy Cattermole

    Very tragic. Heart goes out to his family and swim group

  3. Mike Murray

    Thoughts and Prayers from Victor Swim Club; our hearts go out to Daniel Flack, the Staff, Students & Teachers at Baylor

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    how horrible. Prayers for the family, friends and the club.

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    Rob Snowberger

    the St. George’s swim team is sending prayers and thoughts to the Smith family and the Baylor swim team.

  6. Naveh Eldar

    So tragic. Prayers to all touched my this young man.

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    Doc Lords

    Our condolences to the family..I have a son who is also in his junior years and a varsity swim team ..i know how his parents is feeling right now…
    in behalf of Arellano University swim team
    again our condolences

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    #SumnerStrong I am praying for peace for the family. As a new member to the Baylor family, I know he was surrounded by a strong school family that loved him dearly. Please know that your extended Baylor families from all over the world are praying for strength and peace for Sumner’s family.

  9. Tara Rae

    Tragic , so young and talented . RIP

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    Our Prayers always there for their family…RIP from India (Chennai)

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    Butler Swimming and Diving

    #SumnerStrong On behalf of the Butler Sr High Swimming and Diving , Butler Pennsylvania – our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

  12. Lisa Weatherbee Cordero

    So sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, family, friends and team. God Bless.

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    CWGA Waves Swim Team

    The CWGA Swim Team are thinking of your team, students and his
    Family. Our hearts go out to each of you. May you find peace.

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    Kendra St.Pierre

    Prayers from the swim community in Louisiana. So very sorry for your loss.