(Reuters) – A Dutch doctoral student and former member of the Indiana University rowing team was among the nearly 300 passengers killed when a Malaysian airliner went down in Ukraine, the university said on Friday.
Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a doctoral student in the chemistry department at the university, according to a school statement. She was a member of the Indiana women’s rowing team during the 2010-11 season when she was a graduate student, the university said.
Head rowing coach Steve Peterson said Keijzer became the leader of the team’s top crew after being recruited from her hometown of Amsterdam.
“She was a phenomenal rower,” Peterson told Reuters. “It was one of the best years we’ve had ever in our team history.”
Peterson described Keijzer as “the ideal student-athlete” and recalled her happy, optimistic demeanor.
“She was always smiling,” he said.
All 298 people on board Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 were killed when it went down on Thursday.