December 18, 2015
It is with a very heavy heart that I must share some very sad SNOW news with you. Earlier today we were told that John Paul Popovich, long time SNOW swimmer and 15’ alum passed away in his sleep last night. They think it was a seizure while he was sleeping.
John Paul was a huge part of the SNOW team and the entire swimming community. He was attending University of Virginia and was home for the holidays. He was a wonderful teammate and valuable member of a very tight knit group of kids.
I know my heart is broken for his family and for his teammates and friends. We pray for strength for his parents and his brother Matthew and his sister Kylee. Bless them with grace and tolerance as they face this difficult time. We will pass along information as we get it, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. The swim community will rally around them, I am sure. Please try to remember the family’s need for privacy in the difficult time.