Notre Dame Sizzles Into Class of 2026 Recruiting With Verbal from Tate Bacon

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Photo Courtesy: Tate Bacon

NEW COMMIT: The University of Notre Dame has officially begun their Class of 2026 recruiting push after receiving a verbal commitment from Tate Bacon of Wake Forest, N.C.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I couldn’t be more humbled and excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the university of Notre Dame!! I would like to thank all of my coaches, teammates, friends, and family. I couldn’t have done it without you all! Go Irish!!”

Bacon does his club swimming with Marlins of Raleigh and owns three Junior National cuts with the U.S. Open standard in the 200 back. He most recently notched eight lifetime bests at the TAC Titans August Invitational after earning silver in the 200 back and bronze in the 100 back at North Carolina Seniors in February.

Last summer, he sprinted to 19th place in the 100m free at North Carolina LCM Seniors before going on to earn three best times at Greensboro Futures.

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Photo Courtesy: Tate Bacon

His best times included:

  • 50 free – 20.92
  • 100 free – 45.36
  • 200 free – 1:41.83
  • 100 back – 49.06
  • 200 back – 1:48.32
  • 100 fly – 48.68

Currently a junior at Wake Forest High School, Bacon is already a three-time North Carolina 4A State Championship finalist. He was the runner-up in the 100 free and collected bronze in the 50 free during his sophomore season while taking 19th in the 100 fly as a freshman.

He also won the 100 free and placed second in the 50 free at the North Carolina 4A Eastern Regional Championships in 2020.

Back will add valuable butterfly and backstroke depth when he arrives on campus at the start of the 2022-23 season. He will have one year of overlap with Jack Fitzpatrick and Charles Korndorffer.

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