“I'm kind of the coach of the boat,” she said. “A lot of people look at coxswains and they kind of think we just yell, but we actually do steer the boat, too.”
And in the stroke seat, D'souza.
“Stroke seat sets the rhythm for the boat,” she described. “They're kind of the leader and everyone else in the boat kind of follows them for the stroke and they set an intensity and pressure for throughout the piece.”
"There is no like real superstar in a given boat,” Huffman said. “Somebody can be very good in a boat but that's not going to make the boat fast. You need all nine girls, the coxswain included, to be on point and to be contributing in order for the boat to flow and for it to go quickly.”
And after all that work, then it's time to hang out or just rest.
“We go home and we'll probably nap after this,” D'Souza said with a laugh.