Having led the Mason High Comets of Mason, Ohio to their first state title in water polo, Maureen Sullivan left a remarkable athletic legacy. As a driver on the team, she scored three goals in the state title against Sycamore. In the 11-7 final, her hat trick was a key factor in the triumph.
Throughout the season, Sullivan contributed an astounding 126 goals while garnering the Ohio Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season. Named an All-America in 2012, it came as a surprise to fans that she did not garner the same honor in 2013.
When she entered her freshman year at Mason High School, she faced to make the difficult choice of selecting between two autumn sports – volleyball (where she was a star in junior high) or water polo. Following in the footsteps of her brother Kelly, a high-school All-American before playing at San Diego Mesa College, she opted for water polo. With their father, Mark having coached the sport at Mason High, Maureen had a suitable mentor.
Considering that water polo in California is like football in many other regions, Sullivan acknowledges that she will not continue the sport collegiately. Opting to stay in her home state, she will make her way to Oxford, Ohio to compete with the University of Miami, Ohio swim team.
Although the chapter on her water polo career has closed, she ended with a remarkable season. With Mason, she led the program to their first State Championship. Accolades such as First-Team All-Ohio, First-Team All-American and All-Ohio Player of the Year are testament to her talents.
A three-time state qualifier in swimming, she managed a sixth-place finish at Districts in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. While she is a sprint freestyle and backstroke specialist, she also helped Mason High excel in conference meets, where the program has grabbed the GMC Championships every year since 2007.