Oct. 17, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Senior accounting major Sarah Gieger, who hails from Birmingham, was crowned the 2009 University of Alabama Homecoming Queen during halftime of Saturday's football game against South Carolina by Governor Bob Riley and 2008 Homecoming Queen Caroline Gwaltney. A total of 8,566 students voted on Tuesday for the five-member court that recognizes leadership and contributions to the Capstone.
Joining Gieger on the Court was senior Morgan Dennis, a psychology major and Crimson Tide gymnast, from Westampton, N.J.; senior Brandi Freeman, a metallurgical engineering major from Tuscaloosa; senior Meg Greer, a dance major from LaGrange, Ga. and senior Hayley Ray McNeill, a musical theater major from Houston, Texas.
Richard Todd, former Alabama quarterback who led the Tide to three straight Southeastern Conference championships and the 1973 national championship before going onto a career in the NFL, served as this year's Grand Marshall.
Also honored at halftime were the winners of the annual Homecoming parade competition and Spirit Cup and Spirit Bowl recipients. Placing first in the large division for the parade competition was Alpha Delta Pi, followed by Pi Beta Phi in second and Delta Zeta in third. In the small division, the MBA Program came out victorious, while Theta Tau took second place and the College of Nursing earned third. Chi Omega was presented the 2009 Spirit Cup, which is awarded to an organization with more than 100 members that has exhibited the most pride and spirit during the week of Homecoming. The Spirit Bowl, which symbolizes the same characteristics, is presented to an organization with less than 100 members. This year's winner was Capstone College of Nursing.