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Former IU rower was upbeat, had much to give




Sterkte.

It’s a Dutch word meaning strength, commonly used as an encouragement for those facing a personal struggle.

Until Thursday, it was the last word you would expect to find on the Facebook page of Indiana University graduate student Karlijn Keijzer (pronounced “Car-line Kite-zer”).

Certainly, Keijzer was Dutch, and no doubt the word was part of her vocabulary, especially in pushing and prodding former teammates on the IU rowing team to be better or in supporting classmates in the school’s chemistry research labs.

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