Amanda Nicole Elswick was born on May 25, 2000 in Austin, TX to Mike and Kathy Elswick. She has an older sister, Heather, who was a Division 1 gymnast for the University of Arkansas and an older brother, Ryan, who is currently a student at the University of Arkansas. Amanda is an honor student at Westlake High School and she will graduate in 2018.
Amanda was first introduced to gymnastics in a mom and tot class when she was 18 months old. Her older sister was taking gymnastics and she thought it looked fun. She was invited to be on a pre-team at a local gym when she was five years old.
As a level 5 gymnast in 2008, Amanda finished fourth in the all-around, second on balance beam and first on floor exercise at the South Texas State Championships. In 2009, Amanda grabbed gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Level 6 South Texas State Championships. At the Level 6 State Championships, she earned a silver medal on floor exercise. In the summer of 2009, Amanda started training at Capital Gymnastics in Cedar Park, TX.
Amanda moved up to level 7 for the 2011 season. She placed fourth in the all-around with a 38.325 and second on balance beam at the State Championships. She was named Capital Gymnastics Level 7 Gymnast of the Year. At the 2012 Level 8 State Championships, Amanda finished in the top ten on balance beam and qualified to the Region 3 Championships.
In 2013 as a level 9 gymnast, Amanda placed ninth in the all-around with a 37.475 and second on vault at the Region 3 Championships. She qualified to the Level 9 Western Nationals where she finished fifth on vault and floor exercise. Amanda earned Capital Gymnastics Level 9 Gymnast of the Year award.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2014, Amanda placed eighth in the all-around with a 36.950, fourth on balance beam and fifth on vault at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she earned a gold medal on vault with a 9.700 and a bronze medal on floor exercise scoring a 9.675. She finished 14th overall with a 36.500. In 2015, Amanda placed seventh in the all-around, first on floor exercise with a 9.700 and fourth on vault scoring a 9.725 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she finished ninth in the all-around with a 37.000 and first on vault scoring a 9.825. She was alternate for the Junior Olympic Nationals and competed at the Junior Olympic NIT in Des Moines, IA.
In 2016, Amanda finished first on balance beam with a 9.700 and second on vault scoring a 9.750 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she placed fifth in the all-around, third on vault and fourth on floor exercise. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX where she placed second on floor exercise and fourth on vault. In 2017, Amanda placed third in the all-around with a 38.000, first on balance beam and second on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she finished fourth in Thea ll-around, first on vault and second on balance beam. Amanda qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN where she placed third on vault, fourth on balance beam and 12th on floor exercise out of 56 gymnasts.
Currently, Amanda is preparing for the 2018 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains 27 hours per week at Capital Gymnastics in Cedar Park, TX under coach Barry Hyder. Amanda verbally committed to the University of Arkansas for the 2018-2019 school year.