MARS Swimming (MARS) is a result of the 1997 merger of Swim Team Arlington (STAR) and Mid-Cities Swim Team (MCST).  STAR began as Tarrant County Aquatic Team (TCAT); over time, TCAT evolved to Arlington Irving Swimming (AIR) and ultimately to STAR.  MCST was founded to serve the communities of the Dallas-Fort Worth mid-cities of Hurst, Euless and Bedford.  Both Clubs’ primary purposes at the time they were formed was to develop age group swimming and prepare swimmers for the area’s high school teams.  These remain the club’s major purposes today.  However, the club goals today include establishing a comprehensive competitive program for our communities.  MARS has not only become recognized as one of North Texas’s finest programs, but we also participate at the state and national level by virtue of our age-group champions, National Finalists and Olympic Trials Finalists.

MARS Foundation

In early 2008 the MARS Foundation was formed to provide swim lesson and water safety opportunities for families in our community that are unable to afford them.  The MARS Foundation has also been recognized by USA Swimming as a local partner in its Make-a-Splash initiative.  The MARS Foundation has partnered with the City of Arlington and Arlington ISD to provide services to the community.


MARS Swimming is an age-group, year-round competitive swim club located in Arlington, Hurst, Euless and Bedford, all suburbs between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

The Mission of MARS is to provide opportunities for young people to develop as individuals and athletes, striving toward their greatest potential both in and out of the water. MARS is committed to Safe Sport in managing swimmer health and general well-being through policies and training. We are committed to providing a safe, healthy, and positive environment for ALL of our members!  


MARS Core Values:  Competitive Excellence, Diversity, Accountability, Respect, and Leadership.


MARS Swimming is a member of North Texas Swimming, Inc. North Texas Swimming is part of USA Swimming, Inc. which sanctions and rules competitive swimming. MARS is also a member of the Texas Swimming Association, the governing body of the Texas Age Group Championships and the annual Texas North - South All-Star Competition. Additionally, the team is a member of the Southwest Senior Circuit Association that provides competition for the highest caliber swimming in the southwest region of the United States.