IU mourns death of former rower Karlijn Keijzer in MH17 tragedy

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Former Indiana University rower, Karljin Keijzer, was among those killed when the Malaysian MH17 got shot down in East Ukraine last Thursday.

Hoosiers head rowing coach Steve Peterson expressed his grief upon the untimely death of the talented junior rower.

“The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn’s sudden passing,” Peterson stated.

Keijzer took part in the European Rowing Junior Championships in 2006 and the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2007.

The 25-year-old rower from the Netherlands pursued a doctoral degree in chemistry at the university.

According to ESPN, Keijzer was recognized with Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete honors and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection, after her stint with the Hoosiers.

Indiana University president Michael McRobbie shared his sentiments towards Keijzer’s passing.

“Karlijn was an outstanding student and a talented athlete, and her passing is a loss to the campus and the university,” McRobbie stated.

McRobbie also offered his condolences to all the victims of the incident.

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