BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School freshman Lauren Allenspach was named to Team USA for synchronized ice skating, and her team will represent the United States in Zagreb, Croatia, in January.

Synchronized ice skaters perform intricate footwork while executing difficult formations and step sequences to music on the ice.

As part of the Team Image Synchronized Skating club, Allenspach's skating team placed second and third at competitions in Michigan and California, and will now be representing the country in their first international competition.

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The club is based in Yonkers, New York, and fields teams at nine different levels determined by age and skills. Allenspach's junior team, the highest level team currently in the club, is comprised of 16 skaters aged 14 to 18, and they are assessed on both a 2:50-minute short program and a 3:30-minute long program.

Synchronized skating is one of the fastest growing team sports, and there are approximately 615 skating teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating.