University of Cincinnati's Ally Sidloski dies of apparent drowning

Ally Sidloski, who recently completed her sophomore season at the University of Cincinnati, died Saturday in what authorities described as an apparent drowning.

The incident took place at William Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park, about 25 miles east of Cincinnati. She was last seen hanging onto a boat’s swim platform before disappearing into the water. Her body was found by search crews on Sunday shortly after 1 a.m.

Sidloski, 21, was a redshirt sophomore. She red-shirted as a freshman in 2018, played two games in 2019 but did not play any games in 2020-21 due to an injury. She was an outstanding student was multiple mentions for achieving a 4.0 GPA and had plans to attend the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Both her father David (Cleveland State) and sister Katie (Indiana State) also played college soccer.

 "I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski Family, our soccer team and the University," Bearcats head coach Neil Stafford said 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."
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