Nov. 22, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's swimming and diving head coach Mike Bottom announced the signing of three swimmers to National Letters of Intent today (Monday, Nov. 22). Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta), Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan) will join the Wolverines for the 2011-12 season.
"The last two classes, we had three-plus scholarships to work with; this class we had less than one. So what we wanted to do with this class was target guys that we could develop and build into something that, in the next two or three years, can be NCAA scorers for us," Bottom said. "All three of these guys fit in with us academically. They are solid academic guys that have high goals both academically and athletically."
Funk is a breaststroke and individual medley specialist with international experience. As a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, he finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke and sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. Swimming for coach Steve Price, Funk broke a 13-year-old Keyano Swim Club age group record in the 100-meter breaststroke en route to a third-place finish at the 2010 Canada Summer Nationals.
"Richard is our main catch. He has improved quite a bit in the last two years; he has dropped seconds in his 100 and 200," Bottom said. "We are betting on him and his continued improvement. We are fortunate to move him from Canada to Ann Arbor; we think he will fit right in."
Glanda, whose brother, redshirt freshman Jareth Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Brother Rice), is a long snapper on the U-M football team, joins the Wolverines out of Cranbrook-Kingswood High School. A freestyle and butterfly specialist, Glanda has twice been named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Team. He did his club swimming for Jeff Cooper at the Oakland Live Y'ers swim club, the same program that produced current Wolverines junior Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams) and freshman Jonathon Ekleberry (Rochester, Mich./Adams), along with former U-M All-Americans Alex Vanderkaay (2005-08), Christian Vanderkaay (2001-05) and Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06).
"Justin swims the 200 freestyle as his best event, but we believe he can go down to 50 and up to a 500," Bottom said. "He has some good size on him and a great background, coming from the same club team that the Vanderkaays came from. We are looking forward to getting him."
Ortiz will also reunite with his brother, sophomore Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International). A sprinter by trade, Ortiz finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle in the 2010 Japan Senior National Swimming Championship. Ortiz, who swims for the International Buccaneers Swim Team and St. Mary's International School, set the Tokyo-To New Year Short Course Meet record in the 50-meter freestyle by touching the wall in 23.38.
"Bruno is versatile. He can swim free, he can swim fly," Bottom said. "We are looking to him to develop into a great swimmer, just like his brother is doing. He is a developmental kid, but we believe that he can be great."
Michigan will graduate six senior swimmers from the 2010-11 squad.
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