With the intense storm systems that have been rolling across the country, several people are still missing and almost 30 people have been pronounced dead. WBRC is reporting that John Servati, a swimmer at the University of Alabama was killed as a result of the severe weather sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Servati was taking shelter in a friend’s basement when a retention wall collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Sources tell us that Servati pushed his girlfriend out the way to protect her as the wall collapsed. She was unharmed.
Servati, originally from Tupelo, Mississippi, was finishing his junior year at the University of Alabama. The 21 year-old made the dean’s list his freshman and sophomore years, and was also on Alabama’s SEC Championships team his first two years as a backstroker/middle distance freestyler.
Tupelo, Mississippi was another area that was hit hard by the storm. So far, 12 have been pronounced dead.
SwimSwam’s thoughts go out to Servati, his family, and the Alabama swimming family. We will share more details about a service when they become available.