Only a freshman in high school, Chloe Gouhin has traveled around the world in pursuit of her ultimate dream.
The Columbus Academy student has maintained a busy competition schedule in fencing in hopes of representing the United States in the Summer Olympics, possibly in 2020 in Tokyo or 2024 in Paris.
"That's definitely my ultimate goal," said Gouhin, who recently captured the state championship in junior women's saber. "I've been talking with my coach (Vladimir Nazlymov) and working towards that. (In) 2024 definitely -- 2020 is kind of a long shot -- but it would be nice. It's possible."
A visit to either city would add to the family's extensive travel since Gouhin began the sport when she was 8 years old, with destinations since last fall including Austria, Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain.
"I have been enjoying myself," Gouhin said. "It does get overwhelming at some points, but that's something that comes hand-in-hand with being an athlete. You have to learn how to deal with that pressure and how to work around your schedule and keep up with everything else in your life because you just can't do a sport 24-7. You have to focus on school and trying to keep a well-balanced lifestyle."
Gouhin, who is the daughter of Sean and Vanessa Gouhin of Blacklick, has a 3.7 GPA and trains at the Fencing Alliance of Ohio at Ohio State.
She also has traveled extensively in the U.S., competing in the North American Cup Championships with events held monthly in Anaheim, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Richmond, Virginia.
Entering the saber competition Friday, April 20, through Monday, April 23, in Richmond, Gouhin is third in the cadet division, 24th in the junior division and 38th in the senior division.
The top four competitors in the senior division earn an Olympic berth during Olympic years, with the next four receiving alternate berths.
The cadet division consists of athletes 16 and under, the junior division is 19 and under and the senior division is 40 and under.
"I thought I would place a little higher in junior, but to be fair junior is not my event yet and it's a very drastic change between the age groups," Gouhin said. "Although I expected to place a little higher, I totally understand where I'm at right now. I'm not happy with it, but I'm content right now."
She will compete in the USA Fencing Championships and July Challenge in St. Louis from June 28-July 7.
Gouhin, 15, earned a national championship in saber last year in Salt Lake City.
She also has been busy at the local level, as she went undefeated in the junior women's saber division of the state fencing championships April 7 at Royal Arts Fencing Academy in Columbus.
"It was important to me," Gouhin said of winning the state title. "It wasn't the same caliber as international fencing, but it was still something that I wanted to win because it was good for my school. It was good for our division. It provides more competition. Fencing more often in more local tournaments makes Ohio a better fencing area. It's a big thing to me."
Gouhin previously played lacrosse and basketball, but has since opted to concentrate solely on fencing.
"Even though we don't sponsor the sport, we know Chloe has been fencing at a very high level for a good number of years and we're proud of her," athletics director Dominic Facciolla said.
Girls lacrosse team out to good start
The girls lacrosse team was 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the Central Independent League before playing Wellington on April 17.
The Vikings defeated Hartley 19-8 on April 12 as Tani Obikunle scored four goals. Emma Belford and Lexi Leader each added three.
Leader scored four goals and Belford and Sydney Hill each had two in a 13-10 win over Granville on April 10.
Boys lacrosse team earns first win
The boys lacrosse team was 1-4 before playing Licking Valley on April 17.
The Vikings earned their first win by defeating Dayton Oakwood 10-9 on April 11.
Keenan Bellisari and Charlie Yaw each scored three goals, and Andrew Swartz added two goals and two assists.
Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus Academy baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and track & field teams:
April 20 -- Home vs. Heath
April 21 -- At North Union (DH)
*April 23 -- Home vs. Grandview
*April 25 -- At Grandview
April 19 -- At Hilliard Darby
April 23 -- Home vs. St. Charles
*April 19 -- Home vs. Watterson
April 21 -- Gates Mills Hawken and McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township in Hannigan-Galipault Tournament at Thomas Worthington
April 23 -- Home vs. New Albany
*April 25 -- Home vs. DeSales
*April 19 -- Home vs. Bexley
April 23 -- Home vs. Darby
*April 24 -- At Grandview
April 25 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
TRACK & FIELD
April 21 -- Bloom-Carroll Invitational
April 23 -- Home vs. Centerburg