Sandell’s former rowing coach at Dartmouth writes a book about the team after their 25-year reunion. Working In Sync features a separate chapter on each of the team’s athletes and how rowing helped them achieve professional success. Sandell:
I think it’s the ultimate team sport. If somebody leans out of the boat two inches in the wrong direction, it tips the boat over or upsets the balance enough that it can create a boat-stopping event. There’s not very much room for the oars to move above the water, and the boat has to be perfectly balanced to create enough space for everyone to get their oar out of the water, and then move it to the position from the finish back to the catch. So it’s the ultimate team sport.