April 19, 2004
Six-time All-American Jeanette Antolin (Huntington Beach, CA/Marina HS) was selected as one of four finalists for the 2003-04 Honda Award for gymnastics.
Antolin led UCLA to a second consecutive NCAA title and to its third championship in four years, as the Bruins scored an NCAA Championships record 198.125 in the Super Six team finals. Antolin recorded the night's highest all-around score during the Super Six, tying teammate Kristen Maloney with a 39.725. Antolin scored a meet-high 9.975 on vault, 9.9 on uneven bars, a career-high tying 9.95 on balance beam and a 9.9 on floor exercise. In the individual competition, she tied for second in the all-around (39.6), tied for third on floor exercise (9.9) and tied for fourth on the uneven bars (9.8875). She earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around, bars and floor and second-team acclaim on beam, giving her a total of six All-America awards in her career.
Antolin had a record-breaking season in 2004, scoring what is believed to be a national record seven consecutive perfect 10s on the vault. She recorded nine 10s on vault for the year, and added two more on the floor exercise for a total of 11, a new UCLA single-season record. She posted 14 perfect 10s in her career, second-most in UCLA history. Antolin hit all 59 routines she competed this season, with no score dipping below a 9.825. She had 46 of 59 scores of 9.9 or higher and 35 scores of 9.95 or higher.
The former U.S. National Team member was honored this year as the Sports Illustrated On Campus National Gymnast of the Year, as well as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. She also received All-Pac-10 acclaim in the all-around, vault, bars and floor. Last season, she was honored as the 2003 West Region Gymnast of the Year and as UCLA's Team MVP. She won the Pac-10 vault titles in 2003 and 2004, scoring a perfect 10 each time. She also won a share of the 2004 Pac-10 uneven bars title. At this year's NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, she won the all-around, vault, bars and beam titles.
"Jeanette has definitely earned this tremendous honor," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "Through the understanding that life is about choices we make, she has continued to grow and mature with every year she's been here. She truly represents all that the Honda Award stands for."
Other finalists for the 2003-04 Honda Award for gymnastics are Jeana Rice from Alabama, Melissa Vituj from Utah and Lindsay Wing from Stanford.
The Honda Award annually recognizes the top female college athlete in each of 11 sports. The Honda Awards winners are then candidates for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which recognizes the outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. UCLA has had four Honda Award recipients for gymnastics - Onnie Willis in 2002-03, Mohini Bhardwaj in 2000-01, Jill Andrews in 1989-90 and Sharon Shapiro in 1980-81 - and 24 Honda Award winners overall.