For Acker, it was a major step up from the youth divisions she had been competing in.
"It was really an honor," said Acker. "I was thrilled just to get a seeding."
Acker said she didn't know what to expect competing against older skaters for the first time, and her performance at AmCup has changed her outlook on what she can accomplish in the sport.
"I will probably expect more out of myself, but I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself," she said. "When it stops being fun, I don't want to do it."
More than 150 skaters participated in last weekend's AmCup and related Eastern States meet at Weibel Avenue arena. The Saratoga Winter Club hosts the annual event, which draws skaters from as far away as California and Florida.
"They know it's one of the largest short track competitions in the country, so they know the competition is good," said meet director Bill Ralston.""