Holy Cross Honors Grace Rett 1 Year After Tragic Death

 by Tom MarinoJanuary 15, 2021

WORCESTER - The College of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross Athletics and its community today remember Grace Rett, who died one year ago on January 15, 2000

Rett, of Uxbridge, was an English and Psychology major in her sophomore year at the time of the crash. She was also a member of the Women’s Rowing team and a world record holder.

Rett died in a motor vehicle crash while travelling with the Holy Cross Women’s Rowing teammates in Vero Beach, Florida on January 15, 2000. She turned 20 years old the previous day.

Five of Rett’s teammates and the team’s head coach spent time hospitalized after the crash.

On December 18, 2000, Rett began an “indoor row” on a rowing machine inside the athletic complex that ended 62 hours and three seconds later, setting a world record for the longest indoor continual row.

In December 2000, Our Lady of the Valley Regional School in Uxbridge, where Rett attended elementary school, held a fundraiser lasting 62 hours and three seconds, the time of Rett’s world record performance.

The fundraiser intended to enable the school to break ground on the Grace Rett Athletic Complex and Education (G.R.A.C.E.) Center in 2021.

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