Strongsville Native Drowns In SW Ohio Lake

(Batavia Township, Clermont County OH) - A young woman who grew up in Strongsville drowned Saturday Afternoon. Allyson Sidloski, 21, was a sophmore at the University of Cincinnati, and played soccer for the Bearcats. Sidloski was a 2018 graduate of Strongsville High School, where she also played soccer.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Sidloski's body was found early Sunday morning in East Fork Lake, which is in East Fork Lake State Park, about 25 miles east of Cincinnati. The ODNR says that on Saturday afternoon, Sidloski had been hanging onto a boat's swim platform, when she disappeared in the water.

"I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski Family, our soccer team and the University," Soccer Head Coach Neil Stafford said. "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. 

"Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss," Director of Athletics John Cunningham said. "We send all our prayers, love and support to the Sidloski family and 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's and members of our soccer team as they grieve the loss of their daughter, sister, teammate and friend."

Courtesy University of Cincinnati

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