Maughan, 18, took a year away from the sport in 2013 to concentrate on her studies at Kingswood School in Bath, before swapping the pen for the pool once more in preparation for Glasgow 2014.
A silver medal in Thursday’s 4x100m freestyle was bitter-sweet for the youngster as having swum the heat she made way for England’s number one Fran Halsall for the final.
However, having made the cut for the final four in the 4x200m with an impressive heat swim on Saturday morning, Maughan was in the thick of it alongside Siobhan O’ Connor, Ellie Faulkner and Becki Turner as they took bronze behind Australia and Canada in the last race of the night at Tolcross.
Decision to return vindicated, Maughan vowed to press on in the sport.
She said: “This is what I put the studies on hold for to come back to swimming. I’m definitely going to carry on – no more breaks, just more medals.
“I’m really happy with the bronze and I’m proud of myself and the girls.”
Her one regret? a split time of 1:59.53, the legacy of pushing too hard too soon.
“The time was not as quick as I hoped it would be,” she added.
“I think I gave it a bit too much on the first 100m and therefore did not deliver as well as I hoped I would do down the last 50.”
“I wanted to swim 1:58 because this was a relay, but I’m not going to dwell on it or beat myself up about it.”