Merion Mercy's junior four with coxswain, battling the strongest headwind it had faced all season, won two races Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Henley Women's Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England.
Baldwin, the only other area school in the international regatta, was ousted in both the junior double and junior quad competitions.
Merion Mercy won its opening race in the Groton School Challenge Cup by 13/4 boatlengths over St. Edward's School of England. The Golden Bears defeated another English boat, Headington School, by four lengths in the quarterfinals.
"It was pretty rocky," Merion coxswain Maddie Ratfield said of the conditions. "The wind kept blowing us over to the barrier a little bit."