University of Cincinnati soccer player, 21, ‘inhaled carbon monoxide fumes while clinging to boat’s swim platform’ before drowning, coroner’s report reveals
- UC Bearcats midfielder Ally Sidloski, 21, drowned at East Fork Lake in Ohio on May 22.
- Her body was found at 1 am the next day. She was not wearing a life vest
- Officials were initially baffled at how the otherwise healthy woman could have drowned prior to the coroner’s report released Friday
- The coroner’s report ultimately revealed that inhalation of carbon monoxide was a contributing factor in her death
- Sidloski was seen holding on to a swim platform of a boat before she disappeared at East Fork State Park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
- She likely inhaled the deadly fumes while hanging on to the boat’s platform, causing her to lose consciousness before drowning, officials say
Authorities were initially baffled when healthy, young University of Cincinnati soccer player Ally Sidloski was found after drowning in a lake in Southwest Ohio last month.
But a coroner’s report released on Friday revealed the 21-year-old ‘inhaled carbon monoxide fumes as she hung on to swim platform of boat’ before she drowned on May 22, according to local news station WLWT 5.
Sidloski was seen holding on to the 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 the next day. An ODNR press release states that she was not wearing a life vest.
The ODNR led the investigation into the UC Bearcats midfielder’s death, an organization spokesperson told DailyMail.com back in May.
UC Bearcats midfielder Ally Sidloski drowned at East Fork Lake in Ohio on May 22. Her body was found at 1am the next day. She was not wearing a life vest
Sidloski was last seen holding on to a swim platform of a boat before she disappeared at East Fork State Park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Authorities revealed that the coroner’s report states that inhalation of carbon monoxide was a contributing factor in her death, which she inhaled while holding on to the boat’s platform
‘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. 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.
‘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.’
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 is survived by her parents, David and Tracie (pictured) and two sisters, Katie and Nicole
Authorities were initially baffled at the drowning death of an otherwise healthy young woman, who was a University of Cincinnati soccer player and a 4.0 GPA student
‘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 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.’
University of Cincinnati coach Neil Stafford reacted to Sidloski’s passing on Twitter