Michelle Pineda began gymnastics at the age of six in recreational classes after school. Michelle took to the sport and began moving up through the recreational levels quickly.
Michelle began competing in September 2015 as a level 5 with Iarov Gymnastics. Michelle had a great first season of competitive gymnastics and finished her season at the District Championships where she finished fourth on vault and bars.
In January 2016, Michelle began competing level 7. At her first meet of the season, the Texas Prime Meet, Michelle finished fourth on beam and on floor. Throughout the season, Michelle continued to improve and at the Texas State Championships, she finished third on beam and quailed to the Region 3 Championships. Michelle had her best performance of her season at regionals where she earned a silver medal on beam with a 9.800 and placed fourth all around with a 38.600.
In 2017, Michelle competed level 8. Michelle began her season at the Texas Prime Meet where she earned a silver medal on beam and bronze on vault. Michelle had a short season, but finished strong at the Houston National Invitational where she placed second on vault and third all around.
Following Michelle’s 2017 level 8 season, she began training at Metroplex Gymnastics as she prepared for her 2018 level 9 and Hopes season. Michelle opened her 2018 level 9 season at the Alamo Classic where she came home with a gold medal on beam. In March, Michelle competed in the KPAC Cup National Elite Qualifier where she earned her compulsory and optional scores for Hopes 10-11, qualifying to the Hopes Classic. One week later, Michelle finished her level 9 season at the Texas State Championships where she placed fifth on vault and floor. At the beginning of July, Michelle competed at the Hopes Classic. Here, Michelle finished sixth on vault and 13th all around, qualifying to the Hopes Championships. Three weeks later at the Hopes Championships, Michelle had a great competition and came away with a bronze medal on vault as well as medals on bars and in the all around.
Currently, Michelle trains 30 hours per week under coaches Marnie Futch and Gina Logan at Metroplex Gymnastics.