The Washington Post reports that a former member of the Indiana University rowing team and doctoral student Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was killed in the recent attack on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over the rebel occupied sector of Ukraine.
Although, our deepest condolences go out to all the victims and families of this senseless attack, this student athlete holds a special place in our hearts. Back in 2010-2011, Keijzer joined the IU rowing team for a year, in which she earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete honors as well as Academic All-Big Ten accolades and the team.
“The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn’s sudden passing,” IU head rowing coach Steve Peterson said in a post at the Hoosiers website. “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.”
After earning a master’s degree from VU University in Amsterdam in Computational Pharmicochemistry, Keijzer studied for her doctorate degree in the chemistry department in the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
“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,” Peterson said.