Aaron Kogan, a high school freshman from New Haven, became the National Fencing Champion for his age group (15 and under), winning the 2014 USA Fencing National Championships.
The 2014 Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup took place in Columbus, Ohio from June 22 to July 3 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
According to the USA Fencing Association, more than 4,000 U.S. and foreign athletes competed in these championships, the world’s largest fencing tournament.
During 12 days, athletes fenced in both individual and team competitions in all three weapons: epee, foil and sabre. ?In order to be eligible to compete in the Y14 championship, all fencers had to qualify by placing at the top in state or regional competitions.
After a competition that lasted more than nine hours, Kogan bested a competitive pool of 190 of the top U.S. epee fencers in his age group to become the Y14 Men’s Epee National Champion.
His gold medal also earned him an “A” classification, the highest rating given to USA fencers, and brought up his national rank to 5th in the U.S.
In addition to winning the championship in his age group, Kogan also earned 14th place in the next age group, age 17 and under Men’s Epee, a competition featuring 250 national and international competitors.
Kogan trains with Dmytro Chumak at the Fencing Academy of Westchester, and is a member of the Hopkins School Varsity Fencing Team.