HomeSportsCollege soccer player Ally Sidloski drowns at park in Ohio
College soccer player Ally Sidloski drowns at park in Ohio
May 24, 2021
A University of Cincinnati soccer player drowned at a state park in Ohio, authorities and school officials said.
Ally Sidloski, 21, was last seen hanging from the platform of a boat on William Harsha Lake when she vanished into the water on Saturday, witnesses said, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Her body was recovered by search crews at about 1 a.m. Sunday at East Fork State Park, officials said.
A total of 15 adults, including Sidloski, were on the boat when she disappeared. Her body was found closer to a dam at Harsha Lake, where the water depth reaches roughly 113 feet, according to DNR’s website.
Sidloski, of Strongsville, was not wearing a life vest at the time.
An investigation into Sidloski’s death was ongoing Monday, DNR spokeswoman Stephanie O’Grady said in a statement to The Post.
“ODNR reminds watercraft users to operate their equipment responsibly, always wear a life jacket and pay close attention to local conditions and posted advisories,” department officials said.
“I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski family, our soccer team and the university,” head soccer coach Neil Stafford said. “There’s no words for dealing with a tragedy on this scale.”
Sidloski was known as a “great student” and a “gritty and resilient” player on the pitch, Stafford said. She was recognized multiple semesters for having a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
“Ally was such a pillar of everything that’s right about our program,” Stafford said.
The university’s director of athletics, John Cunningham, is asking mourners to respect the privacy of Sidloski’s teammates and family as they cope with her loss.
The four-year soccer standout at Strongsville High School is survived by her parents and two sisters. Funeral arrangements for Sidloski will be announced once they’re finalized, university officials said.