University of Cincinnati footballer Ally Sidloski drowned in a lake in Ohio on Saturday, officials said. She was 21.
Sidloski was in East Fork State Park in Clermont County when she was hooked to a swimming platform and disappeared into the water, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
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Authorities recovered his body around 1 a.m. Sunday, WJW-TV reported. She was not wearing a life jacket at the time.
Sidloski of Strongsville had just finished his second season in a red shirt with the Bearcats.
She received a red shirt her first year as a rookie in 2018. In 2019, she appeared in two matches – one of them in the American Athletic Conference tournament against SMU. She earned All-AAC academic honors the following season.
In 2020, she saw no action due to injury.
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“I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski family, our football team and the university,” Bearcats coach Neil Stafford said in a press release. “There are no words to deal with a tragedy of this magnitude. Ally was such a mainstay of everything fair in our program. A great student, a serious and resilient player and a phenomenal human being – that is an immeasurable and unspeakable loss. Our hearts will go to her family and friends and we will uplift them with our fond memories of Ally. “
Sporting director John Cunningham said “the Bearcats family have suffered extreme loss”.
“We send all our prayers, love and support to the Sidloski family and will do all we can to support them and our student-athletes as we all go through and work through this tragedy. Please respect the privacy of Sidloski and members of our football. the team as they mourn the loss of their daughter, sister, teammate and friend. “
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Sidloski is survived by his parents, David and Tracie, and his two sisters, Katie and Nicole.