Alabama Swimmer John Servati Dies In Tornado

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, April 29. THE Southeastern Conference has been filled with sorrow the past week with Florida diving coach Donnie Craine dying in a boat accident, and the hits kept coming when news broke this morning that Alabama swimmer John Servati died as part of a tornado hitting Tuscaloosa last night.

Servati, 21, a junior swimmer at Alabama was killed according to school spokesperson Shane Dorrill. Servati died at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa after being injured at a house near the university campus. He had been taking cover in the basement of a home.

“I understand that he was in a house off-campus and was hit by a retaining wall,” Dorrill said. “I don’t know how it happened. I do know he was with his girlfriend and she is uninjured.”

Servati was a freestyle and backstroke swimmer for the Crimson Tide, having helped the team to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships last month.

Swimming World has contacted Alabama athletics and is awaiting a response.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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