A member of the Holy Cross women's crew team was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Vero Beach, Florida, according to police.
The school said Grace Rett, a sophomore from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, died in the accident. Twelve other people were seriously injured and taken to hospitals.
"Today, our community is faced with unimaginable tragedy and devastating loss. Everyone who knew Grace was touched by her warm heart, tenacious work ethic and inspirational drive," athletic director Marcus Blossom said. "Our entire Holy Cross community is mourning today, and our focus is on supporting our Crusader students, families, faculty and staff, both here and in Florida. Our prayers are with Grace's family and all those injured in today's events. We ask for everyone's thoughts and prayers."
Her death comes a day after her 20th birthday.
"The female was in the front passenger side of the first van that was being driven by one of the coaches," Vero Beach police chief David Curry told reporters.
One of two vans carrying the team collided with a truck at approximately 7:30 a.m. ET, according to officials. Nine people were in the van, including eight team members, according to police.
The team was in Florida as part of a training program. Holy Cross released a statement earlier Wednesday announcing the crash but did not disclose any details.
"Holy Cross has been in touch with the families of those students and coaches and is offering support for all those involved," the school said.
The school announced that in light of the tragedy, Wednesday's men's basketball home game against Army has been postponed until Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.