Conor Holton-Burke

Tennis
Class Senior Height 6'2"
Hometown Boulder, Colo.
High School Fairview Major Biochemistry, biophysics
and molecular biology

 

Junior season (2010-11) - Named Northwest Conference Player of Year after leading Whitman to fourth straight NWC championship ... Named NWC Student-Athlete of Week twice during spring season ... Named "Most Outanding Performer" in Whitman's junior class in voting by school's coaching staff ... Only player in NWC to go undefeated at No. 1 singles during conference season ... Teamed with freshman Andrew La Cava at No. 1 doubles for 9-1 record against NWC foes ... Also teamed with La Cava during Spring Break for impressive 8-2 doubles victory over Trinity seniors Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal, the runners-up at previous year's NCAA Division III national doubles championship ... That doubles victory helped Whitman notch a 5-4 triumph over Trinity, ranked No. 9 nationally at the time ... Contributed wins in singles and doubles to a 6-3 Spring Break victory over Swarthmore ... Earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American honors in the fall by winning Pacific Northwest regional doubles title (with La Cava); they rolled past Whitman teammates Chris Bailey and Sam Sadeghi in the doubles final ... Holton-Burke lost 7-5, 7-5 to La Cava in the regional singles semifinals ... After winning their regional doubles title, Holton-Burke and La Cava lost 6-7 (7-2), 7-6 (10-8), 1-0 (10-6) to Trinity's Cocanougher and Kowal at the National Small Championships in Mobile, Ala. ... Holton-Burke's dominant junior season came after he spent the summer of 2010 in full-time tennis training in San Diego.

Sophomore season (2009-10) - Posted 10-1 doubles record (8-1 NWC) during spring dual match season ... Was 8-5 in singles (5-1 NWC) ... Won at No. 3 doubles (with Jeff Tolman) and No. 6 singles as Whitman cruised past Willamette 5-1 for third straight NWC championship ... Rallied for three-set win at No. 6 singles to score clinching fifth team point in 6-3 Spring Break victory over Pomona-Pitzer ... Tallied two team points in 6-3 loss to defending NCAA Division III champion UC-Santa Cruz, winning in three sets at No. 5 singles and joining Nadeem Kassam for 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles ...Teamed with Quin Miller to make doubles semifinals of regional ITA fall tournament; also made quarterfinals in singles before losing to teammate Matt Solomom.

Freshman season (2008-09) - Enjoyed undefeated rookie season, posting records of 10-0 (7-0 NWC) in singles and 8-0 (5-0 NWC) in doubles during spring season ... Played most of his singles matches in lower half of line-up ... Played most of his doubles matches at No. 2 and No. 3 slots ... Contributed wins in singles and doubles to Spring Break victories over Oberlin, St. Thomas and Westminster.

Prep - Played tennis at Fairview High, helping the Knights finish second at Colorado's Class 5A state tournament as a senior.

Academics - Pursuing mathematics minor in addition to biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology major ... Only member of his Whitman class elected as a junior to national academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa ... One of 10 juniors who served as commencement marshals at Whitman commencement ceremonies in May 2011 ... Honored at end of his sophomore and junior years for having one of the five highest grade point averages among all varsity athletes at Whitman ... Hopes to base senior thesis on his laboratory research (summer 2011) into development of small-molecule cancer-fighting drugs aimed at preventing degradation of tumor-suppressing proteins ... Works as chemistry tutor for Whitman's Academic Resource Center ... Plans to delay graduate school studies for one year, possibly to pursue life-long goal of earning ATP world tennis ranking by winning at least one match on the Futures Tour ... Undecided between medical school and Ph.D. program in chemistry ... Teaching college-level chemistry while coaching tennis is one career possibility ... Older brother Johnny currently in medical school at St. George's University in New Castle, England, and Grenada, West Indies.

Personal - Son of Pat Burke and Nancy Holton ... Father played rugby and golf at Regis University ... Has three older siblings -- sister Maggie and brothers Matt and Johnny ... Brother Matt played four seasons of varsity tennis at Catholic University in Washington D.C. ... Serves as philantrophy chair for Phi Delta Theta fraternity ... Enjoys playing basketball as hobby.

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