Holy Cross Rower Dies Weeks After Setting Record

Grace Rett killed in crash day after 20th birthday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2020 2:20 AM CST
Rower Killed in Crash Weeks After Setting Record
Grace Rett.   (YouTube)

Grace Rett, a College of the Holy Cross rower who set a world record for her age group just a few weeks ago, was killed in a van crash in Florida Wednesday morning—the day after her 20th birthday. Police say a van carrying students from the Massachusetts college, who were in Florida for training, collided with a pickup truck in Vero Beach, CNN reports. Six students and the coach were hospitalized. The driver of the truck was also injured. From Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, Rett set a new record for longest continual indoor row, logging 237.55 miles on an erg machine in 62 hours and 3 seconds, reports CBS. "This is a terrible loss for our community," says Holy Cross Dean of Students Michele Murray, who describes Rett as "a light to all who knew her." (Read more Holy Cross stories.)

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