One of my cousins is an All-American high school swimmer. She's a rising senior right now and she'd really like to make the Olympic Trials and such. I was talking to her a little about it and she mentioned she had never really done any "Strength and Conditioning" or worked with a coach with any kind of similar qualifications. Her best stroke is butterfly and most her races are 50-200m. She's pretty solid in freestyle/backstroke as well.
Anyway, I think this is a real issue and I'd like to help her out. I've got a few questions, though:
(1) Is it likely that strength/conditioning training would make a profound effect on her times?
(2) Ideally, how should she be training? (I was guessing essentially the same as a 400m sprinter after she established a base?)
(3) She's looking at colleges across the US. She was offered a full ride from (I believe) Ohio State, UC-Santa Barbara, USC, Tennessee, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Hawaii and several others. I'm guessing she'd be in the running for a few more. Do you guys have any idea what schools have very well-recognized strength/conditioning coaches (don't limit to this list)? Are any schools on that list notoriously bad? How about swim coaches?
Any other advice?