Arkansas Gymnastics: Postseason roster moves begin to take shape

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The early stages of the offseason mean the same for Gymnastics as it does for every other sport. It’s now time to play “are they staying? Or are they going?”

Arkansas Gymnastics’ team season concluded on April 2, with two members of the Gymbacks’ squad competing for individual national titles on April 14. Since then, two athletes have announced their decisions on their future with the program.

One of the individual national competitors, Kennedy Hambrick, announced Monday that she will be returning for her 5th season.

Hambrick joined Sarah Shaffer at the National Championships in Dallas, Texas by competing in the All-Around event, while Shaffer competed in bars. According to Arkansas Athletics, her score of 39.575 in the regional semifinal was a season high, and featured no scores lower than 9.875.

While at nationals, Hambrick was named all-around All-American after placing in the top-8, grabbing the 52nd All-American honor for Arkansas Gymnastics.

Hambrick joins Bailey Lovett in returning for one more season. Lovett announced her decision in February.

While one members returns, one will be leaving the program to focus on academics and her future career.

Amanda Elswick, a four-year competitor for Arkansas, has announced her plans to continue her academic career at another institution.

Elswick saw action in all four years that she was a Razorback, but participated in every meet on vault and beam for Arkansas during her senior year. Some of the highlights of her season include a career-best 9.950 on beam against SEMO on February 6, and winning the beam title in the meet with Georgia on February 25.