Name: Amanda Urke

Awards/Honors: Stanford Education Program for Gifted Youth; National Honor Society; National History Day - MN State Honorable Mention; President Award for Academic Excellence; Northwestern University Midwest Talent Search Member; National Spanish Exam - Gold

Goal: Make positive contributions to Team USA, compete in a Junior World Team event, make the Senior National Team, compete in the Olympics, make Stanford's collegiate team

Athletic Achievements: 2013 eSynchro Age Group National Championships Solo 1st, Figures 2nd, Duet 4th, Team 4th; 2012 U.S. Open Solo 9th; 2012 eSynchro Age Group National Championships Solo 5th, Team 4th

Getting to know Amanda Urke

Favorite food: Any meal cooked for holiday gatherings with the family

Top songs on your iPod: My synchro routines are always at the top of the most played list  

Most “embarrassing” song on your iPod: The songs from each viola Suzuki repertoire book (starting with "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star") 

Person who had the most influence on me becoming a synchronized swimmer: My older sister, Sarah. 

Sport you would be competing in if not for synchro: Soccer or water polo

One thing about me that would surprise most people: I have younger twin brothers and older twin sisters

Favorite animal: Panda bears 

Name a few things that most people do not know about you: I play the viola, I love to write and I've had a few poems and stories published 

What do you like to do in your spare time? To explore and try something new with a friend and or with the family; The most recent addition to my bucket list is to learn how to surf! 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to live in Spain or Latin America to become fluent in the language and culture

What is your favorite room in your house and why? Our kitchen – always filled with excitement whether it’s the daily bustle, family dinners, or parties with friends

What is the one luxury item that you could not do without? My dad's old Toyota 

What is your hometown best known for? "Land of 10,000 Lakes"; Minnesota cabin life (of course when it's not -35 degrees as it has been all winter)

What is your favorite subject in school? I am really interested in neuroscience; my favorite subjects in school include biology, chemistry and math 

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for? More time (if only that were possible!)   

What is your motto? Life is diving in heart first