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.
Michelle began her 2019 level 10 season at the Metroplex Challenge where she won the beam and floor titles and took second all around. Three weeks later, Michelle competed at the Biles National Elite Qualifier where she earned her Hopes 12-13 scores and qualified to the Hopes Classic. In March, Michelle competed at the Texas State Championships and had a great meet, winning the beam title and taking third on bars and in the all around. Michelle then moved on to the Region 3 Championships and finished in the top 5 on vault and beam.
Michelle kicked off her 2019 Hopes season at the Hopes Classic in June where she had a fantastic meet, tying for the beam and all around titles and medaling on vault and floor. One month later, Michelle competed at the Hopes Championships where she had a solid competition, earning a silver medal on floor, bronze medal on bars, and medal on beam.
With the goal to re-qualify Hopes in 2020, Michelle began her season at the Metroplex National Elite Qualifier where she earned her compulsory score. Two weeks later at the Brestyan's National Elite Qualifier, Michelle earned her Hopes optional score. Towards the end of February, Michelle attended Developmental Camp where she participated in verification. Here, Michelle earned her junior elite qualifying score, qualifying to the American and U.S. Classic competitions. Unfortunately, shortly after, the remainder of the season was canceled due to COVID-19. Due to the remainder of the 2020 season being canceled, USAG allowed for all Hopes and Elite Qualifiers to retain their qualifying score for the 2021 season. With this, Michelle qualified to the 2021 American and U.S. Classic Competitions as a junior elite.
Currently, Michelle trains 30 hours per week under coach Marnie Futch at Metroplex Gymnastics.