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Student-Athlete Released From Hospital Following Crash That Killed Holy Cross Teammate

Another member of the College of the Holy Cross women's crew team has been released from the hospital following the Jan. 15 crash that killed her teammate.

Paige Cohen, a junior from Atlanta, was released from Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon, the Worcester college reported Sunday.

Sophomore rower Grace Rett, 20, of Uxbridge, was killed in that crash when the van she and her teammates were riding in collided with a pickup truck in Vero Beach, Florida.

They were in Florida for a week of training before the start of the Spring semester.

Several other members of the women's rowing team were injured in the crash. Four of them and a coach remain hospitalized.

The rowers who were not injured in the crash returned to campus and have been meeting daily with chaplains, psychologists, family and friends.

Counseling is also being offered to members of the men's rowing team who were also in Florida at the time of the crash.

Michele Murray, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, said the school is concerned about all its students.

"As grief settles in we have plans to meet students where they are so a week in three weeks in and we will continue walking with them and accompanying them through their processing", Murray said.

The Chaplain's Office and the Counseling Center are providing support and counseling.

Plans for a memorial service for Rett are expected to be announced soon.

At the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, the machine where Rett set an indoor rowing world record has been turned into a makeshift memorial to her. People have been placing flowers, messages and candles on it.

Murray says the crash is a "deep sorrow" for the Holy Cross community.

"We celebrate our joys together, and we certainly support one another in our sorrows.", she said.

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