The 2016 US Olympic swimming trials kicked off June 26 in Omaha, Nebraska with a full slate of qualifying heats and a trio of finals that guaranteed several talented athletes spots on the nation's Rio-bound team. Here's a look at who won the right to compete on the world's biggest stage in August.

Kalisz, Litherland advance as Lochte falls short

The first two swimmers to add their names to the 2016 US Olympic swimming team roster were Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland, who placed first (4:09.54) and second (4:11.02) in the grueling men's 400 meter Individual Medley (IM).

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In what was one of day one's most stunning happenings, London Games IM gold medalist Ryan Lochte, who turned in the second-fastest time behind Kalisz during the morning's preliminary heats and was considered a virtual lock for the Rio team, faded to third place during the final stretch of the race and failed to qualify.

Jaeger, Dwyer earn Olympic berths

Just minutes after Kalisz and Litherland earned their spots on the Olympic team, another pair of men joined them by finishing first and second in the 400 meter freestyle.

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The victory went to Connor Jaeger, who finished in 3:43.79, while the second berth went to Conor Dwyer, who completed the race in 3:44.66. Both men were members of the 2012 Olympic team.

DiRado finally breaks through

The third and last final event contested on June 26 was the women's 400 meter IM, which saw two women earn the chance to swim for gold in Rio. At age 23 and primed to retire from competitive swimming in the near future, Maya DiRado finally earned a trip to her very first Olympic Games by placing first.

She'll be joined in Rio by Elizabeth Beisel, who finished second to earn a trip to her third Olympics. Beisel will look to add to her medal collection, which includes individual silver and bronze medals from the London Games.

The US Olympic swimming trials will continue June 27 with finals in the women's 100 meter fly and 400 meter freestyle, and the men's 100 meter breaststroke. All of the action will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra beginning at 6:30 PM Eastern.

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