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University of Cincinnati soccer player, 21, drowns at Ohio lake

University of Cincinnati soccer player, 21, drowns at Ohio lake after she was seen hanging off a boat’s swimming platform before disappearing underwater

  • UC Bearcats midfielder Ally Sidloski drowned at East Fork Lake in Ohio on Saturday. Her body was found at 1am on Sunday. She was not wearing a life vest
  • Sidloski was seen holding onto a swim platform of a boat before she disappeared at East Fork State Park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • A redshirt sophomore from the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, Sidloski had a 4.0 grade point average and was named a TopCat scholar for several semesters 

A female drowning victim at a lake in Southern Ohio has been identified as University of Cincinnati soccer player Ally Sidloski, but authorities are still trying to determine what, exactly, happened to the 21-year-old.

Sidloski was seen holding onto a swim platform of a boat before she disappeared at East Fork State Park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Her body was discovered around 1am on Sunday. An ODNR press release states that she was not wearing a life vest. 

The ODNR is leading the investigation into the death, an organization spokesperson told DailyMail.com.  

University of Cincinnati midfielder Ally Sidloski was found Sunday morning after drowning on Saturday at a lake in Southern Ohio, according to the state’s department of natural resources

Sidloski, 21, was seen holding onto a swim platform of a boat before she disappeared, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Her body was discovered around 1am on Sunday. An ODNR press releases states that she was not wearing a life vest

Sidloski, 21, was seen holding onto a swim platform of a boat before she disappeared, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Her body was discovered around 1am on Sunday. An ODNR press releases states that she was not wearing a life vest

‘I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski Family, our soccer team and the University,’ said UC soccer coach Neil Stafford in a statement.

‘There’s no words for dealing with a tragedy on this scale,’ Stafford continued. ‘Ally was such a pillar of everything that’s right about our program. 

‘A great student, gritty and resilient player and a phenomenal human being – this is an immeasurable and unspeakable loss. Our hearts go out to her family and friends and we will lift them up with our fond memories of Ally.’

A redshirt sophomore from the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, Sidloski had a 4.0 grade point average and was named a TopCat scholar for several semesters.

In high school, she was a three-time All-Greater Cleveland Conference selection and was named to both the National Honors Society and Math Honor Society.

Sidloski was found Sunday after disappearing while swimming at East Fork Lake (pictured)

Sidloski was found Sunday after disappearing while swimming at East Fork Lake (pictured)

‘Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss,’ said Director of Athletics John Cunningham.

Sidloski appeared in only two games as a freshman before suffering an injury and missing her entire sophomore season.

‘A crushing loss to the Sidloski family and all of the Bearcat family,’ tweeted Gavin MacLeod, an assistant coach at Ohio State who previously worked for the Bearcats. ‘A truly special soul, who improved everyone’s life simply by knowing her. You will be missed, but cherished forever Ally Sid.’

‘Not only have we felt the darkness of tragedy but the Light of Love, Empathy & Compassion,’ Stafford wrote on Twitter. ‘I’m moved by the Grace & Strength of the Sidloski Family & the Resiliency of our @GoBEARCATS Family. Ally Sid was a beautiful extraordinary woman, the emotions of so many proved that today.’

University of Cincinnati coach Neil Stafford reacted to Sidloski's passing on Twitter

University of Cincinnati coach Neil Stafford reacted to Sidloski’s passing on Twitter

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