John Servati, a member of the Alabama men's swimming team, was killed Monday night when severe storms and a tornado swept through the Tuscaloosa area, school officials confirmed Tuesday morning.
According to school spokesman Shane Dorrill, Servati, 21, died at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa after being injured at a house near the university campus. He was killed when a retaining wall in the basement collapsed on him. His girlfriend survived without injury.
Servati, of Tupelo, Miss., was a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. He competed in freestyle and backstroke events for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama coaches met with members of the swimming and diving team to address Servati's death.
The school's swimming and diving Twitter account read: "All our thoughts and prayers are with the Servati family and the Tupelo community. We all have a place in our hearts where John will live on."
This storm came almost three years to the day of a series of tornadoes devastated Alabama.
On April 27, 2011, a tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, killing 50 people, including six students. More than 7,200 homes and businesses were lost — about 12% of the city. Statewide, more than 240 died.
Edited by Gidnik, 29 April 2014 - 01:06 PM.