Former Indiana University rower among those who perished in Malaysian MH17 disaster


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While not all the names of those who died when Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot out of the air over Eastern Ukraine have been released, Karlijn Keijzer’s has. The 25-year-old from the Netherlands was a doctoral student at Indiana University, where she was also a star rower in her undergrad years.

“On behalf of the entire Indiana University community, I want to express my deepest sympathies to Karlijn’s family and friends over her tragic death,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in a statement. “Karlijn was an outstanding student and a talented athlete, and her passing is a loss to the campus and the university. Our hearts also go out to the families of all the victims of this senseless act.”

Keijzer, a decorated junior rower, who participated in the European Rowing Junior Championships in 2006 and the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2007, joined IU’s Varsity 8 boat team in 2011. That year, the chemistry student was decorated with Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete honors, as well as Academic All-Big Ten accolades.

“The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn’s sudden passing,” Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said in a statement. “She came to us for one year as a graduate student and truly wanted to pursue rowing. That year was the first year we really started to make a mark with the First Varsity 8 boat, and she was a huge reason for it. She was a phenomenal student and loved IU so much that she stayed here after she earned her master’s degree. Our condolences go out to her family and friends in this very tough time.”

A few other athletes have chimed in with their condolences to the victims of this terrible incident, as well.

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