Jeanette Antolin was born on October 5, 1981 in Paradise, California. She spent most of her career training at SCATS with Don Peters. Her final years were at UCLA as an NCAA athlete. Jeanette was on the elite scene for quite some time. She is the daughter of Orlando and Nola. She has one brother, Gilbert. Jeanette also has a sister, Kait, who competed for Cal State Fullerton.
In 1994, she went to her first international meet, City of Popes in Avignon, France. She placed fifteenth all-around. She started off her 1995 season by placed second all-around and won bars at the US Classic. Jeanette then moved on to the National Championships. At Nationals, she placed ninth all-around and finished sixth on bars.
In 1996, she traveled to China to compete at the China Cup. She placed third on bars and fourth all-around. Her next meet was the US Classic. She tied for first all-around and finished second on floor. Jeanette then traveled to Knoxville to compete at the National Championships. Showing some improvement from 1995, Jeanette finished in 5th place.
1997 was Jeanette's first year as a senior. She competed at the Arthur Gander Memorial Meet in Switzerland before going to the US Classic. She finished fourth all-around and won beam at her first senior national meet! At the National Championships she placed tenth all-around and finished third on vault. She became an alternate for the world team.
1998 was full of excitement for Jeanette. She started off by placed 11th in the mixed pairs competition at the Goodwill Games. She then placed sixth all-around at the American Classic. She also picked up a bronze on beam and a silver on bars.
At the national championships she finished sixth all-around and won a bronze on bars.
Her next meet was the Monte Fiore Cup in Italy. She placed second all-around and won vault, bars and floor. She continued competing in Italy, this time at the Como Cup. She won the all-around. Jeanette then traveled to Switzerland to compete at the Arthur Gander Memorial and Grand Pix Zurich. She did well in both of them winning a bronze on beam at Arthur Gander Memorial. At the Grand Pix she won a bronze on bars and finished fifth on beam.
Jeanette started off her 1999 season by competing at the American Cup. She then placed fourth all-around at the American Classic. Her next meet was the Pan Am Games. The USA team finished second to Canada. Jeanette skipped the National Championships and headed to the World Team Trials. She did great and placed second all-around. Her next meet was the World Championships. She helped the USA team to a second place finish. In 2000 Jeanette traveled to the Olympic Test Event in Australia before heading to Brazil for the Spieth Sogipa. Jeanette helped the team finished first. Jeanette was 11th at the Olympic Trials.
She began school at UCLA in 2000. Jeanette's first college season was in 2001. She competed mostly on vault. She finished sixth on vault at the Pac-10 Championships. In 2002 she was off the Bruin squad for a short time but rejoined on February 13. She won her first competition of the season in Washington. Jeanette won the NCAA South Central vault title.
2003 was her best season yet. She earned first-team All-American honors on vault and bars. She was also the West Region Gymnast of the Year. She was also All-Pac-10 Selection on vault and all-around. Jeanette also won vault ten our of sixteen times competing vault. Jeanette became the Pac-10 vault champion after scoring a perfect ten. She also finished third on bars and second all-around at the Pac-10 Championships. Jeanette placed second all-around at the NCAA Regionals. She was also the recipient of UCLA's C.H.A.M.P.S. Inspirational Award.
Jeanette's final year as a gymnast was in 2004. She was a Honda Award finalist and Sports Illustrated On Campus National Gymnast of the Year. Other awards included being Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, first-team All-American honors in the all-around, vault, bars and floor, second team All-American honors on beam, Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and was the two-time UCLA/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week. Jeanette also was the Southeast Regional all-around, vault, bars and beam champion. Jeanette also was Pac-10 vault and bars champion. Jeanette ended her NCAA career with fourteen perfect tens, six All-America honors, three Pac-10 individual titles and five NCAA Regional Titles!
Six Time US National Team Member
2000: Olympic Trials Participant
1999: Worlds USA Team Member
1999: American Classic- 4th AA
1998: US Nationals- 3rd UB, 6th AA
1998: Como Cup Champion
1997: World Team Alternate
1997: US Classic- 4th AA, 1st BB
1996: US Nationals- 5th AA
1996: US Classic- 1st AA
1995: US Classic- 2nd AA, 1st UB
Photos copyright to Lloyd Smith