Ally Sidloski, the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer star, died after a drowning accident
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(CINCINNATI) – The University of Cincinnati mourns the loss of soccer player Ally Sidloski, who passed away on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources told WCPO, a subsidiary of ABC News Cincinnati, that Sidloski drowned in East Fork Lake, Clermont County.
The spokesman said Sidloski held onto a swim platform on a boat before going underwater and not wearing a life jacket.
Her body was recovered at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday.
We’re saddened by the tragic loss of @ GoBearcatsWSOC student athlete Ally Sidloski. Our thoughts go with the Sidloski family, the Bearcats football community, and everyone who knew Ally.
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The Ohio native has just completed her second season with the Bearcats. She didn’t play in the 2020 season, which the school said was due to an injury this spring.
“I am absolutely dejected for the Sidloski family, our football team and the university,” said football head coach Neil Stafford in a statement. “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. “
Sidloski was promoted to a TopCat Scholar athlete in several semesters to achieve a 4.0 GPA.
“Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss,” said Athletics Director John Cunningham. “We send all of our prayers, love and support to the Sidloski family and we will do all 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. “
Sidloski redshirted her first year in 2018 and made her debut against East Carolina in 2019. She played in the opening round of the AAC tournament against SMU and received the All-Academic AAC award after the 2019 season.
She is survived by her parents David and Tracie and the two sisters Katie and Nicole.
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