Ally Sidloski, a soccer player at the University of Cincinnati, dies

by: Talia Naquin, Natasha Anderson

Posted: May 24, 2021 / 07:56 AM EDT
Updated: May 24, 2021 / 7:56 a.m. EDT

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – 21-year-old Ally Sidloski of Strongsville is called a “phenomenal person” by those who knew her.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that the University of Cincinnati’s standout football died Saturday while drowning in East Fork State Park.

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According to ODNR, she hung on the bathing platform of a boat and disappeared into the water.

Her body was recovered at around 1 a.m. on Sunday.

She wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

Sidloski recently completed her sophomore season at the University of Cincinnati.

She was named a TopCat scholarship holder in several semesters in order to achieve a 4.0 GPA.

Football head coach Neil Stafford released a statement Sunday night calling Sidloski a “phenomenal person”. The statement reads:

“I am absolutely dejected for the Sidloski family, our soccer team and the university. There are no words to deal with a tragedy of this magnitude. Ally has been one such pillar of everything that’s right about our program. A great student, a robust and resilient player and a phenomenal person – that 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. “

Football head coach Neil Stafford

Athletics director John Cunningham also released a statement that said:

“Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss. We send all of our prayers, love and support to the Sidloski family and we will do everything we can to support them and our student athletes as we all process and work through this tragedy. Please respect the privacy of the Sidloski and members of our soccer team as they mourn the loss of their daughter, sister, teammate and friend. “

Athletics Director John Cunningham

Sidloski was also a four-year member of the Strongsville High School football team and a three-time selection of the All-Greater Cleveland Conference.

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She is survived by her parents and two sisters.

Funeral arrangements are pending. The University of Cincinnati says agreements will be shared as soon as they become available.

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